New Delhi: Liverpool legendary striker Steven Gerrard has been confirmed as coach for Liverpool’s Academy after it was first speculated that the 36-year-old held advanced talks with the Reds in November last year.

Gerrard will be overseeing a certain age group inside the Academy and his progress will be examined in the coming future. While working on his UEFA ‘A’ license, Gerard will begin his duties in February.

Gerard has repeatedly stressed that his contribution to Liverpool should not be looked at objectively. “However, this isn’t a decision based on emotion – it’s about what I can offer and contribute to Liverpool. I don’t think I need to explain to people what this football club means to me, but when I knew coming back was a serious option I wanted to make sure it was a substantive role and a role in which I could really help the organisation,” he said.

“This gives me a great opportunity to learn and develop as a coach, while at the same time offering my knowledge, ideas and experience to the young players at an important period of their development,” Gerard said while talking about the new role.

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Steven Gerard has lifted the European Cup five times with Liverpool.